Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Royal Wedding Street Parties A Thing of the Past



Now I wouldn't like to worry anyone, but I been considering and wondering about Royal Street Parties. That’s not to say that I am planning holding or organising such an event - far, far and far from it comrades.
But, rather what can we learn this time, from such displays from monarchists and right-wingers who take charge and slobber at the feet of these parasites, spongers and in general bloodsucking aquatic, terrestrial worms better known as leeches.

With the Royal Wedding just a few days (Friday) away and I was wondering what displays of support we could expect on this great day.”

According to the Local Government Association (LGA), the Government and Her Majesty’s Ministers have been “disingenuous”. Well I never – and is this a modern reflection of the not so high esteem that our (not mine) royalty is now held in?”

Apparently Ministers have been joined by David Cameron in attacking excessively bureaucratic councils making it harder for ordinary people to host street parties for this week's royal wedding. In an article for the Sun newspaper earlier this month, the prime minister ordered councils not to "get in the way" or "make problems where there are none; such caviller loyalty must be reassuring to the old Queen then.

He penned in the Rupert Murdoch owned Scum Sun:  

"My message to everyone who wants to have a street party is: I'm having one and I want you to go ahead and have one too."

And of course as you can imagine led by the BBC the media have been falling all over trying to appeal to patriotism and nationalism the blind wave that politicians would like the docile masses of an enslaved nation to follow; and further if it wasn’t David Cameron put your giro on Big Ed Miliband doing the same; all part of the job they do.

The residents apparently of Albert Square (East Enders), will celebrate the Royal Wedding with a street party in which they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most marital infidelities committed within an east London postcode, but then again the members of the House of Windsor will take some beating, overcoming or outdoing if recent form is anything to go by a long shot.

Described as Britain's biggest ever media event - hundreds of millions of people around the world will be watching the royal wedding.

To bring events to the global audience, thousands of journalists have arrived in London, where temporary studios which they have forked-out thousands for all manner of vantage points that have been constructed.

So what about the street party then – well by the look of things here in East London once a hotbed of support for royalty interest has waned, riding up and down the streets of Canning Town on my bicycle I can only see a few houses decked out in bunting and have got word of no local street parties being organised, this is indeed afar cry from the day’s when the late Queen Mother could or could not look the East End in the eye. I have been told that in Scotland there are only 7 such events and with electioneering under way for a new Assembly will this be an indication that the SNP will hold on to power or even secure a working majority this time around who knows.

I came across these interesting articles in the Guardian and thought it a good idea to reproduce some of the content in this post as they are relevant to my argument. The first by Patrick Barkham asks have Royal Wedding Street Parties become – an endangered species:

“Every time there was a royal wedding or a jubilee, the residents of Llanmaes Street would throw a party. Bunting was strung between the tight Victorian terraces, flags fluttered and trestle tables were laden with homecooked food. There were egg-and-spoon races, face-painting and fancy dress. A piano would be heaved on to the road for a good old sing-song. One time, the men built an open-air bar and called it the Elizabeth Inn to honour the new queen. Another year residents sat guard in their cars all night because of a rumour that their bunting was going to be stolen”. 
Rita Spinola and her friends Dolly King and Shirley Burnet organised the last 13 parties on this close-knit Cardiff street. This year, however, the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will pass unmarked by public festivities on Llanmaes Street. "You just can't have one because there's nothing here any more," says Spinola, who is 71 and still works as a dinner lady at the local school. "The street is not the same. When I was a little girl every house had families so there was always children. Now they aren't family houses any more. It will be sad to see the street without any flags up, the first time in all these years." 
And you can continue to read this article in full http://tinyurl.com/6lfuq35

Paul Heaton then writes that Hull is no king's town - It makes me proud that Hull is the only English city not having a street party for the royal wedding:

“When in April 1642 Charles I moved to secure the port of Hull, he found the gates firmly shut. Having considered it his divine right to gain access to Hull's extensive arsenal (the largest weapons cache outside the Tower of London, no less), Charles discovered that the MP, Sir John Hotham, refused to follow royal orders. After a siege, the citizens drove away the royalists under gunfire – and Hull witnessed the first military action of the English civil war.

I was reminded of this anecdote a couple of days ago, when I heard that Hull's was the only council in the country that hadn't had a single application for a street party for the royal wedding. Nearby East Riding of Yorkshire council has received 12. Lots of my old friends sent me texts that day: "Good ol' Hull. Fuck the royals!" My city is too often in the headlines for the wrong reason; it was nice to hear news that made me feel genuinely proud.
Some politicians blame the lack of applications on "uncertain weather", but Hull's anti-royalism is embedded deep in its history. When I lived in Hull in the 1980s and 90s, me and my bandmates in the Housemartins used to drink in one of the city's oldest pubs on Silver Street, Ye Olde White Harte, in whose "Plotting Parlour" Sir Thomas Fairfax had allegedly planned the civil war. There is a reason no local calls the city by the name Edward I had given it in 1299 – "King's town upon Hull" (which became Kingston upon Hull): it's a term many Hullensians consider a slave name, a tattoo on the city's face”. 
And you can continue to read the full article here  http://tinyurl.com/6heho4q

Well just to end this post by saying that what we have is an extra day off from the drudgery of work slavery, that’s of course if you're fortunate to be in work, and if you're not then why should anyone in their right mind want to celebrate the knot-tying of two rich and very privileged individuals who will never have to lift a finger, struggle or do a proper days work in their entire lives.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rather than whine your big ass off, why not get working on putting a political party in office that will get rid of the monarchy and make Britain a republic?

Norbert said...

Well thank you Comrade,

I have no intention of putting any political party into office; what, and prolong the class struggle. And have no design on a republic.

Capitalism is the problem and Socialism is the answer!"

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